Hitachi at VMworld 2014: Introduction

Looking forward to meeting many VMware community peers and friends next week at VMworld in Barcelona. As always it promises to be an awesome week.

This year I’m working for Hitachi Data Systems so without being too pushy I want to increase awareness of our  fantastic integration with VMware Solutions as well as our partnership with VMware. VMware and SAP are two of our key global partners that you will see much tighter integration with in the future.  I will be posting some further information on SAP HANA and why I believe we can do things no other server vendors in the industry can do today, using our Mainframe-derived LPAR hardware partitioning technology. More on that later 🙂

Back to VMworld …..  In that regard I’d like to recommend some genuine sessions for those in the community wishing to find out more about some really cool tech.

Powerpoint Light

You will find our approach much fresher and more interactive. Come talk to experts and discuss your requirements using whiteboarding and pen and paper instead of being powerpoint heavy.

My picks!!!

Firstly !!!! UCP Director is the most awesome management and orchestration software in the industry today. It is part of our Unified Compute Platform converged stack which is a solution based on Hitachi storage but also our servers and Ethernet switches from Brocade or Cisco.

Come to the booth and catch a demo …. See how it easy it it to drop an ESXi image onto a blade and watch it boot, right from inside vCenter.

How you can compare VLANs on your Ethernet switches and identify mismatches with your virtual switches ???. Also wouldn’t it be great if you  could remediate these differences from inside vCenter ?.  Using UCP Director you can do that for vSphere (and soon for Hyper-V) without using another tool.

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to upgrade SAN Switch firmware and a smart software engine decides based on path allocation what the sequence should be ? Well UCP Director has that intelligence built in and can even decide which front end array port to map/zone based on existing SAN topology and port assignments and usage.

I’ve previously blogged here …… http://paulpmeehan.com/2014/07/11/vmetro-storage-cluster-hds-rise-storage-virtual-machine/
about vSphere Metro Storage Cluster and our Global Active Device (GAD) active-active array topology for customers, without the use of appliances. Come talk to some of our product managers and find out more about this unique offering in the industry and see a demo.

Breakouts: VVols and UCP Director

In terms of Breakout Sessions my countryman Paul Morrissey is Hitachi VMware Global Product Manager and will be presenting a deep dive on VVOLs and discussing how Hitachi plans to address this awesome opportunity.

STO2752-SPO – VVOL Deep Dive
‒Implementing and managing VMware VVOL with Hitachi Data Systems.
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 17:00 – 18:00
Speakers: Suzy Visvanathan – Product Manager, VMware & Paul Morrissey – Global PM, Virtualization, Hitachi Data Systems

The next session will give you a great overview of UCP Director for those who don’t like to get too close to vendors 🙂 with a slightly more focused session on vCOPs.

INF2920-SPO – Making vCenter and vCOPS from VMware smarter
‒Unified management and deeper insight for all physical and virtual
‒resources with UCP Director.
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 12:30 – 13:30
Speaker: Hanoch Eiron – Solutions Marketing, Hitachi Data Systems & Ruchit Solanki – Product Manager, Hitachi Data Systems

Meet the Experts

You can come to our booth and speak to subject matter experts about the following topics.

  • Unified Compute Platform Director integration into vCenter and vCOPS
  • Simplified Disaster Recovery with UCP Director Operations Center and VMware SRM
  • Active/Active Datacenter: Global Active Device for vSphere Metro Storage Cluster
  • Policy Based Storage Management: Hitachi VVOL integration
  • Data Protection and View Composer hardware offload
  • Storage workflow automation with the Hitachi vCenter Orchestrator Plugin
  • vCOPs Management Pack for Hitachi Storage platforms
    Hitachi Storage Management Tools
  • End User Compute Solutions: VMware Mirage and Hitachi Storage/HNAS
  • Virtualizing SAP
  • Cloud Automation Suite powered by Ensim

I hope you can take the time to find out about our solutions. Hitachi is focused on bringing solutions to the market that are enterprise-grade and add value and simplify management.

For anyone who wants an introduction to any of the awesome team we’ve assembled get in touch and I’d be happy to oblige.

Viva Barcelona !!

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